Paul called me in a huff. He is pissed that the country is in this pitfall. He wishes we had taken up the same strategies Sweden did. However, as I pointed out to him Swedes are healthier, and more homogeneous than the US population.
He thinks we are all hypochondriacs. He doesn’t know a single sick person so he concludes it’s all part of a grand attempt to take away our freedoms. And he is angry everyone is ok with it.
He has still kept traveleing. He has still maintained his business open. He is still trying to conduct his life as usual.
He refuses to abide by any mask wearing laws or quarantine and will absolutely not get vaccinated either.
I get what he is saying and how he is feeling, but he isn’t in any demographic to be worried. I asked him how much the life of one of his loved ones was worth and he said that none of them was worth this. Stark. Harsh. But I do get it.
Except, if we are still failing those most at risk now 2 months into this ordeal, I doubt we could have done any better earlier. Especially with the leader we have in place now. Who seems accountable to no one and rarely means a word he says, because he doesn’t seem to know what he’s talking about usually.
I understand Paul’s frustration. But, it’s all words and scorn with no answers or real solutions either besides lifting all the bans and quarantining only the at risk people.
But it feels almost too late now. Like all this damage has already been done to the economy so how about a completely different paradigm shift. Maybe? I think now, in the midst of this complete upheaval would be an ideal time to sit and think and really turn things around. Make this country into something we can all truly be proud of besides just rhetoric and false, hypocritical ideals. Put systems in place to bolster everyone, not just one or two segments of society. We see now how dependant we are on those we tend to appreciate the least.
I don’t have an exact answer here. But now would be a great time to switch things up in a positive direction. Roosevelt did it during the last depression. But unfortunately, Trump is no Roosevelt; is he?
Well…. I am sure that no country will ever respond to a pandemic this way again; hopefully. Lesson learned the hard way, I guess. It’s yet to be seen how hard though. 😒😒😒